Norris and Verstappen are good friends and are regularly seen chatting and joking with one another in the paddock.
However, the McLaren driver reacted frostily when a journalist hinted after Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix that his relationship with the three-time world champion was closer than it actually is.
“He’s not my BFF (best friend forever), don’t ever say that again,” said Norris.
“We respect each other and we get along, kind of friends away [from the track], but that’s it. We just have a lot of respect for one another.”
Norris has been linked with the second seat at Red Bull, though has a contract with McLaren until the end of the 2025 season.
Sergio Perez has a contract at Red Bull which expires at the end of next season.
Red Bull boss Christian Horner admitted in September that Norris was one of many drivers who the team are “keeping an eye on.”
“Lando’s a great driver,” said Horner. “He’s a big talent, big personality and of course he’s one of those drivers that you keep an eye on.
“But there’s many drivers that you keep an eye on as well. There’s a generation of drivers out there at the moment that have got a huge amount of talent.”